Concert Calendar

Discover the wonderful world of classical music, opera, and ballet in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances.

 

The Exterminating Angel  |  May 01 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Thomas Adès is one of the most important composers in contemporary music, and solidifies that position with his third opera The Exterminating Angel. His two previous operas, Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), are acclaimed as contemporary classics, alongside his many symphonic and chamber works, which are regularly performed around the world. The Exterminating Angel is inspired by the 1962 film El ángel exterminador by the famed surrealist Luis Buñuel, and received its world premiere at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.

European Concert from Cyprus  |  May 01 2017 - 11:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

This year’s European Concert takes the Berliner Philharmoniker to Cyprus, more precisely: to the ancient port city of Paphos. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the orchestra plays works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours. The conductor is Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades, and the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 is Andreas Ottensamer.

Mayerling  |  May 02 2017 - 19:15

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

In Mayerling, Kenneth MacMillan tells the true story of the suicide pact between the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his teenage mistress in 1889. This intensely dark and powerful ballet received a standing ovation at its premiere in 1978, and is regarded by many as MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece. The music of Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery, provides a sweeping soundscape to match the high emotion of the drama, while the designs of Nicholas Georgiadis conjure up the privileged and oppressive society of the Austro-Hungarian court.

Wozzeck  |  May 02 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 02 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

Philippe Herreweghe Birthday concert  |  May 02 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

On 2 May 2017, Philippe Herreweghe is celebrating his 70th birthday in the company of his musician friends! The conductor, instrumentalists and singers invited wanted to pay him a fitting homage. Herreweghe’s marvellous institution, the Collegium Vocale Gent will be conducted by Christoph Prégardien on this unique occasion. We couldn’t have hoped for a better opening to the Bach Heritage festival, the curator of which is none other than... Philippe Herreweghe himself.

La Fille de neige  |  May 03 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite…

Mayerling  |  May 05 2017 - 19:15

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

In Mayerling, Kenneth MacMillan tells the true story of the suicide pact between the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his teenage mistress in 1889. This intensely dark and powerful ballet received a standing ovation at its premiere in 1978, and is regarded by many as MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece. The music of Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery, provides a sweeping soundscape to match the high emotion of the drama, while the designs of Nicholas Georgiadis conjure up the privileged and oppressive society of the Austro-Hungarian court.

Wozzeck  |  May 05 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

The Exterminating Angel  |  May 06 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Thomas Adès is one of the most important composers in contemporary music, and solidifies that position with his third opera The Exterminating Angel. His two previous operas, Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), are acclaimed as contemporary classics, alongside his many symphonic and chamber works, which are regularly performed around the world. The Exterminating Angel is inspired by the 1962 film El ángel exterminador by the famed surrealist Luis Buñuel, and received its world premiere at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.

Herbert Schuch  |  May 06 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

Two years after his BOZAR residence, Herbert Schuch is back again for a concert requiring both agility and versatility. Once again the German-Romanian pianist has devised a skilfully crafted programme, combining Johann Sebastian Bach, the symbolic figurehead of the Bach Heritage festival, and his 20th century heirs. Claude Debussy created his Preludes to echo those composed by Frédéric Chopin, which, in turn, were inspired by the homonymous works of the Cantor of Leipzig.

The Exterminating Angel  |  May 08 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Thomas Adès is one of the most important composers in contemporary music, and solidifies that position with his third opera The Exterminating Angel. His two previous operas, Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), are acclaimed as contemporary classics, alongside his many symphonic and chamber works, which are regularly performed around the world. The Exterminating Angel is inspired by the 1962 film El ángel exterminador by the famed surrealist Luis Buñuel, and received its world premiere at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.

Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner  |  May 08 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have already performed Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to great acclaim. With the Eighth there follows the composer’s most extensive work. It acquires its tremendous energy from the interplay of wave-like escalations – the piling up of monumental blocks of sound and falling back into melancholy brooding. The evening will open with a new short work by Simon Holt.

Stile Antico  |  May 09 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The early music ensemble Stile Antico is the ensemble in residence at BOZAR this season. Inviting it to perform one of its concerts under the Bach Heritage festival heading was therefore an opportunity not to be missed! In a contrasted programme, the ensemble brings together three intensely religious composers from different generations: William Byrd, James MacMillan, and Jean-Sébastien Bach.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 10 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 11 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

Don Carlo  |  May 12 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain. Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.

Semyon Bychkov & Gautier Capuçon  |  May 12 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Richard Strauss often came in for caustic criticism for his innovative music. He traces these conflicts in his tone poem Ein Heldenleben: biting, original, with an opulent orchestra sound. Dmitri Shostakovich’s battles in the dictatorship under Stalin were even more existential. Here too, there is an echo of this in the composer’s music, including in the First Cello Concerto – which can be heard here with Gautier Capuçon as the soloist. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Wozzeck  |  May 12 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

Mayerling  |  May 13 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

In Mayerling, Kenneth MacMillan tells the true story of the suicide pact between the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his teenage mistress in 1889. This intensely dark and powerful ballet received a standing ovation at its premiere in 1978, and is regarded by many as MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece. The music of Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery, provides a sweeping soundscape to match the high emotion of the drama, while the designs of Nicholas Georgiadis conjure up the privileged and oppressive society of the Austro-Hungarian court.

Hope  |  May 13 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Wozzeck  |  May 15 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Alban Berg discovered Büchner’s Woyzeck in 1914. Highly impressed, he began work adapting the play with a view to writing an opera. Separated and fragmented, the scenes combine in a series of tableaux to tell the story of Wozzeck, an ordinary soldier whose only solace is the love of his companion Marie. However, the latter’s fidelity is not unfailing and Wozzeck is haunted by torment. His officers and comrades in arms do little to improve the situation. Christoph Marthaler’s production provides an atmosphere of contemporaneity strongly accentuated by the choice of a single set.

Eugène Onéguine  |  May 16 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Inspired by the masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair. A repertoire classic, Willy Decker’s streamlined production makes the Paris Opera echo once more to the strains of Russian romantic music. Edward Gardner conducts an exceptional cast including Peter Mattei in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 17 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

Hope  |  May 18 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada  |  May 18 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Sergei Rachmaninov was actually a great melancholic – yet his Fourth Piano Concerto is colourful and spontaneous. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will interpret the work together with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The music director of the hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Houston Symphony debuts on this evening with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The virtuoso programme will also present Richard Strauss’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

Don Carlo  |  May 19 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain. Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.

Russian Moods  |  May 19 2017 - 12:30

Venue : Opera, Gent

The Russian mezzosoprano Victoria Yarovaya, who in Sadko sings the role of Ljoebava (Sadko’s wife), presents a fine selection of romances by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov, accompanied on the piano by Jeanne-Minette Cilliers. They enter into dialogue with Aykut Dursen, first double bass player for the Symphony Orchestra of the Flemish Opera, who will provide us with folk inspired Russian intermezzi.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 20 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

Eugène Onéguine  |  May 22 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Inspired by the masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair. A repertoire classic, Willy Decker’s streamlined production makes the Paris Opera echo once more to the strains of Russian romantic music. Edward Gardner conducts an exceptional cast including Peter Mattei in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana.

Don Carlo  |  May 26 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain. Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.

Hope  |  May 26 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Rigoletto  |  May 27 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In Victor Hugo’s luxuriant drama Le Roi s’amuse, Verdi found theatre worthy of Shakespeare. Such, at least, were his enthusiastic words when he urged his librettist Piave to scour all Venice to find someone with sufficient influence to get his new opera past the censors unscathed. Alas, conventional morality rose up in protest and it proved impossible. This is director Claus Guth’s first production for the Paris Opera.

En sol / La Valse / Bolero  |  May 27 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Written in the aftermath of the First World War, Ravel’s La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In 1975 Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

Eugène Onéguine  |  May 28 2017 - 14:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Inspired by the masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair. A repertoire classic, Willy Decker’s streamlined production makes the Paris Opera echo once more to the strains of Russian romantic music. Edward Gardner conducts an exceptional cast including Peter Mattei in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana.

Don Carlo  |  May 29 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain. Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.

Rigoletto  |  May 30 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In Victor Hugo’s luxuriant drama Le Roi s’amuse, Verdi found theatre worthy of Shakespeare. Such, at least, were his enthusiastic words when he urged his librettist Piave to scour all Venice to find someone with sufficient influence to get his new opera past the censors unscathed. Alas, conventional morality rose up in protest and it proved impossible. This is director Claus Guth’s first production for the Paris Opera.

Eugène Onéguine  |  May 31 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Inspired by the masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair. A repertoire classic, Willy Decker’s streamlined production makes the Paris Opera echo once more to the strains of Russian romantic music. Edward Gardner conducts an exceptional cast including Peter Mattei in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana.

Hope  |  May 31 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Simon Rattle conducts Adès, Mozart & Stravinsky  |  May 31 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

“Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Dances from “Powder Her Face” we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.